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Posted in: 8 heartwarming Japanese books to read this winter See in context

Two of them grab my attention, and I might buy one of them to read. I ungratefully wish the article had recommended more new, modern fiction.

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Posted in: Crown prince urges daughter to update public on marriage plans See in context

"I believe something must be announced about it."

This is quite an assholish move by the father., trying to publicly embarrass his daughter.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

The BBC's take on it here:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-50597405

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Posted in: K-pop singer sentenced to 6 years in jail for rape, sharing secret sex videos See in context

had argued that he did not remember having sex with her and that if he had, it was likely consensual.

Well that makes me angry all over again. Disgusting pieces of filth.

But at least they will actually go to prison - I hope - as opposed to some rapists who are allowed to go free and even sympathised with.

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Posted in: Department store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after outcry See in context

What a stupid idea. If they want people - ie men? - to understand what menstruation is, have an in-company workshop. ffs

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Posted in: Man arrested for keeping body of 83-year-old mother at home for 4 months See in context

Letting people with disabilities and/or on low incomes know that there is some kind of emotional, practical, and financial support, would go a long way. These funeral halls are money-grubbing b'stards, i have seen them at work. no wonder people are scared frozen.

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Posted in: Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy: survey See in context

Young Japanese men say paying for dates is hardest part of life as a guy

For young women, the hardest part of life is worrying about your physical safety and whether a man you want to trust is going to harm you in some way.

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Posted in: Japan NGO matches senior shelter dogs with senior citizens See in context

As a further FYI - they take one-off donations as well as continuous, for as little as 1000 yen per month, and accept credit cards. They also sell custom collars and leads. Do support them if you are able - even 1000 yen can feed a senior dog for a long time. Thank you :)

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Posted in: Japan NGO matches senior shelter dogs with senior citizens See in context

Here is a link to Dog Duc website.

http://dogduca.sunnyday.jp/

Opportunities to donate towards medical bills are found here:

https://congrant.com/project/dogduca/1086

There is a language option at the top of the donation page.

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Posted in: Would you recommend that people get a flu shot before the onset of winter? See in context

If you think you need it, get it.

While we are not actively encouraged to get it, It is offered at my place of work. I have never had the vaccine, and can't remember the last time I had flu, if ever.

I get signs of a cold once or twice a year - often during seasonal changes, when coolers and heating systems are being turned on for the first time in ages and haven't been cleaned properly - and have always managed to beat it back with mega-doses of oregano oil, garlic, and occasionally Lemsip. I try to keep my immune system strong.

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Posted in: Apple cancels world premiere of film 'The Banker' after unspecified 'concerns' See in context

metoo nonsense

You consider sexual assault to be nonsense? You and your kind are what is wrong here, to think profits should trump a criminal investigation.

Apple chooses, quite rightly, not to release a film while this accusation - of the rape of minors - hangs over it. No doubt they will release at a later date. Don't worry, your investment in the film is safe.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

To add to the above, British series are far more easily binge-watched, as they traditionally consist of 6 x 30-minute episodes. Fleabag is a most excellent recentish example of this, so if you are planning to stay in over the cold weekend, I can't think of anything as good as this to recommend.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

When I was a student I watched both series of Spaced in a single day, which must have been about six hours.

Easily done, and anyway well worth the time - it's a lovely series.

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Posted in: Apple cancels world premiere of film 'The Banker' after unspecified 'concerns' See in context

Colour me intrigued.

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Posted in: Tokyo court to allow Ghosn to talk with wife via videoconference See in context

It's extraordinary, the contrast between how Ghosn is being treated, compared with Saikawa.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

Where the hell are people getting the idea that Lizzo is promoting anything but her music? Is she wearing a badge that says, "Eat up you skinnies, get some flesh on yer bones!"

Get a grip. We all of us appear in public, wearing our own bodies, every day, in full view. That doesn't mean we are 'promoting' ourselves. We're living our lives, just as Lizzo is.

If you object to someone who you judge to be unhealthy appearing in public, then goodness me you must be nonstop busy writing angry letters to the Editor.

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Posted in: Teacher's kick leaves student with broken bone at prestigious Tokyo school See in context

adding the boy has already recovered from his injury.

Well, that's all right then. A broken rib that's all better after only two months.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

I'd say the demographic here is partly anti-white male

True, and I’d also broaden it to ‘anti-male’. Some of the generalizations about men I read on here wouldn’t be tolerated ( as they shouldn’t ) against other groups.

I took on board what these two posters have written above, and went to see what offensive words have been hurled at white men.

Firstly, I found one statement directed at men in general -

There are many men that look at models and skinny women and think its unattractive and unhealthy to be that thin. But at the same time look at Lizzo and think she is sexy.

but I am unsure how this is upsetting. It seems fair, no?

Then, I found this statement directed at angry white men -

Because, sadly, the demographic here is mostly angry white male and they would rather disparage than appreciate.

where I have put in bold the offending words, aimed at people who are angry, and white.

So, the two nasty generalizations about men are that a) one shouldn't generalise about men, as everyone has different tastes; and b) they would rather disparage than appreciate.

No wonder you're both so upset.

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Posted in: New acts rule Grammys as Lizzo, Lil Nas, Eilish lead in nominationss See in context

Funny, isn't it. When Rag'n'Bone Man hit the scene, I wonder if these sensitive, health-driven souls were as outraged as his size as they are by Lizzo. Those of you who judge appearance over talent and ability, best not to throw stones.

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Posted in: Man found stabbed to death in Aichi apartment See in context

Poor man. It is easy to get into debt, and extremely difficult to get out of it - if that is indeed the reason he was killed.

A terrible shock for his poor mother. The loss of a child is an awful and unnatural one.

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Posted in: What TV shows have you binge watched and what is the longest amount of time you spent doing that? See in context

I keep Youtube on autoplay, and it rewards me with hours of Would I Lie to You, 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown, QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, and Big Fat Quizzes in all their incarnations. WILTY got me through a terrible three-day-period of extreme shock in my life, when I needed my brain to switch off from thinking, and I thank it. :)

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Posted in: Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt reprise ‘90s hit `Mad About You’ See in context

I couldn't tell you the plot of a single episode, but I used to enjoy watching this - nice acting, gentle comedy. I'd watch a revival, for sure - nice bit of chewing gum for the eyes and ears.

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Posted in: Police question Kobe teachers over bullying of colleague See in context

"We behaved like utter arseholes, with no empathy whatsoever towards the person we were treating so badly, and claim to be unaware of their distress."

And yet they were in charge of children's well-being.

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Posted in: Street skating See in context

Pitifully brief description of a possible Olympics champion. Remarkably self-motivated young athletes, these skateboarders are.

Yumeka Oda, 12, who competed in the world's premier Street League Skateboarding (SLS) tour, [said] that age does not matter. Riders need excellent skills to compete in a style called "street skateboarding" that involves urban obstacles like handrails and stairs. Oda keeps calm even when flipping her skateboard to perform a trick on a handrail or when jumping over a high staircase.

A first-year junior high school student in Nagoya, central Japan, Oda became interested in the sport after she was attracted to a signboard for a skateboard facility as a second-grader. Instead of training under a strict coach and joining a team like most athletes in Japan do, Oda learned tricks from older boys and girls at the skate park and used her smartphone to search how foreign skaters performed tricks and copied them. Under a free environment, she developed sufficient skills to compete in the SLS World Championship in January.

"There's an athlete that I don't want to lose against. I want to practice more and compete in the Olympics," commented Oda, who finished third in the national skateboarding championships in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast [in May]. The average age of eight people who competed in the street-type finals including Oda was 14. In the park-type finals, 10-year-old Kokona Hiraki from Tomakomai, Hokkaido, claimed victory.

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20190528/p2a/00m/0sp/019000c

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Posted in: Cat combing-inspired hair gel See in context

I wonder if it was made using animal testing? There'd be the irony.

I looked at the site, no information about animal-testing of course, which usually means it was used, and some of the ingredients are often made using animal-testing. What a shame.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman stabbed to death in Niigata See in context

when the police contacted her and requested to talk with him, she refused saying it might set him off!

Do the police need a woman's permission to talk to a grown man?

If what you say is true - that the mother was so worried about her son's reaction that she was afraid to cooperate with the police - this immediately indicates an abusive relationship that she has been on the receiving end of. The police should have acted on that.

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Posted in: Actress Sawajiri admits to using MDMA, other illegal drugs See in context

I wonder who dobbed her in. I bet Ms Sawajiri has an idea.

Don't do drugs in Japan - anyone who finds out has a stick to beat you with and will get you arrested and deported if they stop liking you.

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Posted in: 20-year-old woman stabbed to death in Niigata See in context

9pm. Still early.

But that's irrelevant. Poor, poor woman. Still in her 20s, making her way in life, and then a vicious cowardly man, armed with a knife, decided to kill her in a most brutal way. I hope he is caught soon, is locked up until he dies alone and uncomforted after a long and painful dying.

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Posted in: 'Queer Eye' mini-series takes detour to Japan See in context

Nature and reason inform us that we are all oriented toward a reproductive coupling in a monogamous lifetime relationship. 

Nature and reason inform us nothing of the sort.

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Posted in: More young Japanese men romantically involved with older female coworkers than younger ones: survey See in context

It's not an issue in Japan as it is in some other countries, where an irrelevant age difference of half a year - where the man is younger of course :/ because even a substantial age difference where the men are much older only sometimes raises an eyebrow - causes endless chortles.

Japan is far more mature about relationships, in this sense.

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